NSW hospitals care for more people in emergency departments and
performed more elective surgeries than any other January to March quarter on
record, according to the latest Bureau of Health Information report.
The BHI Hospital Quarterly for January to March 2018 found 714,101
people presented to NSW emergency departments, up 1.6 per cent compared to the
same time last year, and 52,717 elective surgery procedures were performed, up
1.7 per cent.
NSW Health Deputy Secretary Susan Pearce said Western Sydney
public hospitals in particular performed at a high standard while facing record
“Despite a 5 per cent increase in presentations in Western Sydney,
up to 47,675 people, the performance of emergency departments at Blacktown,
Westmead, and Mount Druitt was excellent,” Ms Pearce said.
- The percentage of patients who were
seen, treated and left ED within four hours was up 12.3 percentage points to
71.2 per cent
- The time taken for ambulance patients
to be transferred from paramedics to hospital staff within 30 minutes improved
by 3.9 percentage points to 94.2 per cent
Ms Pearce said while less urgent presentations to our emergency
departments have declined compared to last year there are still patients coming
to hospital emergency departments for non-emergency reasons who could receive
treatment more appropriately by accessing services such as their General
Practitioner or local pharmacy.
Across the state, many benchmarks remained stable.
The NSW Government is
investing a record $21.6 billion in Health representing an almost $1 billion
increase over the 2016-17 Budget. This includes $15.3 billion in acute health
services in NSW this year, including $36 million for growth in emergency care
services and $227 million for more inpatient hospital services. An additional
$3 million will deliver more cataract removal, hip and knee replacement
- 154,876 patients arrived by
ambulance, up 3.4 per cent, and of these 92.1 per cent, were transferred from
paramedics to hospital clinicians within 30 minutes, an improvement of 0.6
percentage points, and above the benchmark of 90 per cent.
- 74.4 per cent of patients spent
four hours or less in the emergency department, a 0.6 percentage point
- Across NSW, the percentage of emergency
department patients whose treatment started within clinically recommended
timeframes was 76.2 per cent, 0.5 percentage points better.